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Philani Dladla – The Pavement Bookworm (@BookVsDruggs) – Shares His Story with @TEDxJoburg:

Join Darrel Bristow-Bovey and Henrietta Rose-Innes for the Launch of One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo in Cape Town

One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo Launch

One Midlife Crisis and a SpeedoZebra Press and Kalk Bay Books would like to invite you to the launch of One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo by Darrel Bristow-Bovey.

Bristow-Bovey will be speaking about his new book with Henrietta Rose-Innes. The book is a warm, witty, eventually wise journey into the terrors and absurdities and grumpy compensations of middle age.

The launch will be at Kalk Bay Books on Thursday, 27 November, at 6 for 6:30 PM.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Thursday, 27 November 2014
  • Time: 6 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Kalk Bay Books
    124 Main Rd
    Kalk Bay | Map
  • RSVP:, 021 788 2266

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Winners of the 2014 Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards Announced

Nekhavhambe Khalirendwe and Zukiswa Pakama

The Maskew Miller Longman Awards prizegiving was held on Thursday, 13 November, at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town. These awards are some of the few that recognise literature in all of South Africa’s official languages, and the only ones that weigh all 11 languages equally, thus developing literature and encouraging a love of reading.

The keynote address was delivered by Sindiwe Magona, the author of To My Children’s Children, From Robben Island to Bishopscourt, and many more. She said she was honoured to be asked to speak at the event, adding that awards such as this are vital for authors who write in indigenous languages, because without publication authors have no voice. Magona also added that schoolbook publication is particularly vital for indigenous language writers.

Magona congratulated the winners and the finalists, saying even to be among the frontrunners is a great honour. She encouraged the winners to keep writing, and be selfish about their time for writing because “it is a sacred undertaking”. She ended off by restating the importance of reading the classics in all languages, and then going forward from there to break new ground.

Each year a different genre is selected for the awards; this year being drama. Of the 117 entries recieved, 74 percent were in African languages. Winners were announced in seven language categories, and each winner was awarded R10 000, and finalists recieved R3 500. Seven winning entries were published by Pearson this year.

The first prize winners:

Cecilia du Toit, for the Afrikaans drama BFF
Nakanjani Sibiya, for the IsiZulu drama Ngikuthanda ukhona lapho
Charmaine Kendal, for the English drama Doorways
Phillip Mothupi, for the Sepedi drama Ga le batswadi ba selo
Conny Masocha Lubisi, for the Xitsonga drama Ya Raha!
Nekhavhambe Khalirendwe, for the Tshivenda drama Ganuko a li vhuisi tshalo
Madoda Mlokoti, for the IsiXhosa drama Inzala YamaRhamba

The finalists:

Stephen Finn, for the English drama The Club
Zukiswa Pakama, for the IsiXhosa drama Lumka Ntombazana Kunzima
Zamokwakhe Mkhize, for the IsiZulu drama Emakhazeni
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho, for the Tshivenda drama Nwananga Nandi

The prize winners are a diverse crowd. There is a teacher, a university academic, and a man who left school in standard three. There are a number of experienced authors, as well as a few who have never been published before.

Read more about the authors and their plays:

MML Literature Awards 2014 Biographies and Synopses


Erin Devenish (@ErinDevenish811) tweeted from the event using #livebooks:



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Pietermaritzburg Launch of Do Not Go Gentle by Futhi Ntshingila

Do Not Go GentleYou are warmly invited to the Pietermaritzburg launch of Futhi Ntshingila’s second novel, Do Not Go Gentle.

Reneilwe Malatji; author of award-winning short story collection, Love Interrupted says this about Do Not Go Gentle:
“In this novel, Ntshingila depicts the intricacies of life in a squatter camp. She shows how the need for love, security and a sense of belonging cause the lives of the most unlikely people to cross paths. Do Not Go Gentle is a compelling, intense read which portrays how diverse characters sway between solace and disenchantment as they engage with each other.The storyline leaps beyond the boundaries of race, class and borders.”

More about Futhi:
Futhi Ntshingila grew up in Pietermaritzburg, and her parents still live there. Now she lives and works in Pretoria. She is is a former journalist and holds Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution. She loves telling stories about the marginal corners of society. Do Not Go Gentle is her second novel, her first was Shameless (UKZN Press, 2008).

Life wasn’t always this hard for fourteen-year-old Mvelo, who lives with her mother, Zola in the shacks on the margins of Mkhumbane township. There were good times when they lived with Sipho, Zola’s lawyer boyfriend. But when the beautiful and mysterious Nonceba Hlathi arrives, Zola has to make a choice. She also has her pride. Now their social grants have been discontinued: the one for Mvelo being underage reared by a 31-year-old single mother, and the other for Zola because of her status. And there is also an elephant growing in their shack as the terrible thing that happened that night in the revival tent remains unspoken.

In her second novel, Futhi Ntshingila once again introduces us to a cast of strong women who have little, but are determined to shape their own destinies.

Futhi Ntshingila

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, 06 December 2014
  • Time: 12:00 PM for 12:00 PM
  • Venue: Msunduzi Municipal Library, Corner Church Street and Henrietta Street, Pietermaritzburg, KZN
  • Refreshments: or add your own
  • RSVP: Ntshingila Futhi, OR , 033 3922629

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Come and Celebrate the Launch of Close to Home with Cayleigh Bright at Republik in Durban

Close to HomeJacana Media would like to invite you to the launch of Close to Home by Cayleigh Bright.

The launch will take place on Tuesday, 25 November, at the Republik Wine and Coffee Bar in Durban from 4 to 6:30 PM.

Bright will be in conversation with Caitlin Martin about her new novel, which follows the lives of wealthy students in Cape Town.

Don’t miss it!

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Don't Miss Kerry Hammerton Reading from Her New Collection, The Weather Report, at Off the Wall in Cape Town

These are the Lies I Told YouKerry Hammerton, the author of These are the Lies I Told You, has released a new collection of poetry: The Weather Report.

The Weather Report was launched at the 2014 McGregor Poetry Festival.

For those who missed it, or for those who would like to see more from Hammerton, the author will be performing at an Off the Wall poetry event in Cape Town. The event will be at 8 PM on Monday, 24 November, at At Touch of Madness in Observatory.

Both The Weather Report and These are the Lies I Told You will be on sale at the event. Alternatively, The Weather Report can be purchased directly from the author for R100 (email the author for details) or with the Books LIVE Book Finder.

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Marlene van der Westhuizen Launches Secrets of a French Cooking Class at Love Books

Launch: Secrets of a French Cooking Class

Marlene van der Westhuizen launched her exciting new cookbook, Secrets of a French Cooking Class, at Love Books in Johannesburg recently.

The evening began with a book discussion between Van der Westhuizen and Bookstorm publisher and CEO Louise Grantham, and afterwards guests moved next door to a delicious three course dinner from Van der Westhuizen’s book, prepared by the Service Station. While the discussion was underway hungry guests snacked on delicious Onion Tartlets and Raite on Crostinis.

Launch: Secrets of a French Cooking ClassSecrets of a French Cooking ClassVan der Westhuizen, whose previous cookbooks Delectable and Delightful Desserts are also available from Bookstorm, is the proud owner of the Food Studio in Cape Town. She moves between Green Point and her home in the French village of Charroux. In 2013 she presented her 50th cooking class in France. “This is the first book where I felt that I understand what it feels like to live there,” she says. “It’s taken us 11 years to dig our heels in. It took me a very long time to feel like a local.”

Van der Westhuizen said the easy part of writing the book was bringing her feelings and experiences to the page. “I could really feel that I’m relating the truth to you,” she said. “The difficult part was to put a lid on it and not gush!”

The author explained how she began to give cooking classes in France, saying: “I didn’t just want to be a tourist in France, I wanted to cook there.” She used to walk through the marketplace and fall in love with the produce but she couldn’t prepare anything because she didn’t have a kitchen. That’s when she made an arrangement with her friends, who had a house in France. She would bring over a group of young chefs eager to learn and they would open their kitchen to her. The rest is history, and today she has her own house in Charroux which she visits about four times a year with her cooking classes. Van der Westhuizen is also Vice-Conseiller Culinaire Honoraire of the international culinary society Chaine des Rotisseurs.

Grantham asked how cooking in France changed Van der Westhuizen’s approach to cooking. “Slower, longer and a lot more plastered,” she quipped, before quoting Uys Krige, who said: “Life is only bearable if you’re slightly inebriated.”

Van der Westhuizen says October is one of her favourite times of the year because the figs, pears, apples and walnuts are falling from the trees, and said her recipes are not about being fancy but about using what you have available in season or what you can find at the markets. You won’t find more than six ingredients in any of her recipes, she added, and also emphasised the many similarities between French and South African food: “If you slam into your kitchen and start cooking without a recipe the food you’ll cook, if it’s not Thai, will be French.”

Van der Westhuizen explained the special binding of Secrets of a French Cooking Class – a deconstructed spine that allows the book to fall open on the table. This unencumbered cookbook is the perfect solution to her “pet hate of balancing a bottle of wine on one edge and a block of butter on the other to keep it open”. Secrets of a French Cooking Class is an organic, feel-good cookbook, with beautiful photography by Johan Wilke. Artist Susan Grundlingh painted an old table a different colour for each chapter of the book, to give each section a different feel.

The speakers wrapped up their discussion and dinner was served. Starting the culinary adventure was a Pea Soup with Fennel, served with Babette’s Baguettes. After starters guests made their way to the Harvest Table where they feasted on Green Salad with Anchovies, Beans with Mustard Dressing, Crisp Roasted Vegetables, Walnut and Gorgonzola Salad, Sirloin with Gremolata and Chicken with Olives and Courgettes. Dessert was mouthwatering Peaches in Red Wine and Port Served with Crème Fraiche, Apple Blinis and Chocolate and Walnut Cake. The Service Station and Love Books remained a full house well into the night, with Van der Westhuizen going from table to table, signing books, sharing her secrets and doing what she does best – inspiring greatness through good food.

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Annetjie van Wynegaard (@Annetjievw) tweeted from the launch using #livebooks:


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